TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - On Saturday October 4, 2014 more than 120 families, farmers, cooperatives, institutions and businesses opened their doors to more than 3,000 attendees, sharing what they're doing to fight climate change, improve their lives and strengthen their communities with sustainable energy.
"We tripled last year's numbers!" explains Kristopher Stevens, Executive Director of OSEA, "Local leaders and residents are taking action becoming part of the quite revolution for a more prosperous and sustainable tomorrow."
"Green Energy Doors Open is a great idea and it was a real pleasure to share what my wife and I are doing to live more sustainably." Tim Short, a sustainable energy champion and host added, "I Iook forward to participating again next year and to incorporating my new electric car into the tour!"
"Green Energy Doors Open is a great initiative as it highlights the economic benefits renewable energies bring to Ontario and what is already possible." Helmut Harold, CEO of Senvion Canada adds, "The Ontario Feed-in tariff program with its local content requirements was a good way of attracting investment in local manufacturing plants like our Power Blades facility in Welland. Moving forward, Ontario needs to ensure these investments can continue to strengthen Ontario's economy."
Dawn Lambe, Project Manger at the Nipissing University Biomass Innovation Centre also had positive things to say, "Pouring rain and cool temperatures couldn't keep away students, local leaders, engineers, biologists, professors and others from around North Bay. People were really excited to learn about current and potential opportunities related to community ownership and bio-energy in the region. People really appreciated the opportunity to clear up some of the misconceptions they had about sustainable energy."
The sustainable energy success stories shared highlight the growing support and desire to be part of the solution. Who wouldn't want to address the threat of climate change, create good jobs, make our communities more resilient and improve our environment?
Green Energy Doors Open is organized by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) in partnership with more than 46 other organizations. The event expanded to Alberta this year from Ontario and is expected to grow to other provinces and states across North America in 2015.
The OSEA team, its partners, sponsors and hosts look forward to more successes during the year ahead and to even larger participation in 2015!
The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) is championing a prosperous Ontario with a thriving sustainable energy sector, good jobs, resilient communities and healthy environments powered, heated, cooled and moved by portfolios of sustainable energy by raising public awareness, advising decision makers and establishing forums for new market opportunities and collaboration.
SOURCE: Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
For further information: Nicole Risse at 416-977-4441 ext 3 or [email protected] or visit us at www.ontario-sea.org.